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COVID-19: Not wanting to get it in the first place

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@matthewleehile– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You bring up a great conundrum: if you have been living a healthy life will that affect your antibodies? And I have no idea! I think that if a person had a very healthy immune system because that person has been subjected to various insults to the body over the years and had COVID-19 and recovered it might be the answer. However, and it's a big, however, there is not any evidence, right now, that a person can establish immunity to COVID-19. @sueinmn explained beautifully about this. She's right too, we will have to wait and see what scientists come up with. Does this make sense?

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@merpreb. I was in a weekly video chat with my children yesterday. We brought up the subject of the new CDC update of covid 19 symptoms. My daughter said in late February a couple of toes became inflamed and very very painful . Her doctor could not find out what was wrong. It went on for a few weeks when she could hardly fit into her shoes. During that same time, she had to use her inhaler more often than usual, but then she chalked that up to asthma. Looking back, she wondered if she had "covid toes", a symptom found in some covid patients. We questioned if her husband had got sick, she said he could be asymptomatic. We suggested if this virus is under control, she may want to test for antibodies. My daughter had never had chicken box, even though she was exposed repeatedly at home with my son and at school. She had her blood tested twice and she had no antibodies for chicken pox. She planned on coming down to see me this weekend for my birthday. My son suggested going to a park by his house. It's always empty, especially now and we'll bring our chairs and sit apart at a safe distance. I'm looking forward to it even though I would dearly love to give them big hugs.